Global Urban Monitoring and Assessment through Earth Observation

Qihao Weng

May 23, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 440 Pages - 45 Color & 179 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466564497 - CAT# K16044
Series: Remote Sensing Applications Series

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Features

  • Explores innovative methods and techniques in support of effective urban remote sensing and sustainable urban development
  • Examines major research efforts in the world on global urban monitoring, assessing, modeling, and prediction
  • Provides a comprehensive review on the current state of global urban remote sensing
  • Introduces GEO’s Global Urban Observation and Information Task 2012-2015 work plan

Summary

Cities and towns are the original producers of many of the global environmental problems related to waste disposal, and air and water pollution. There is a rapidly growing need for technologies that will enable monitoring of the world’s natural resources and urban assets, and managing exposure to natural and man-made risks. The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) calls for strengthening the cooperation and coordination among global observing systems and research programs. Global Urban Monitoring and Assessment through Earth Observation introduces this important international collaborative effort, reviews the current state of global urban remote sensing, and expands on future directions in the field.

The book reviews the current state of global urban monitoring, assessment, modeling, and prediction through Earth observation and related technologies. It then introduces GEO’s important international collaborative effort—Global Urban Observation and Information Task—and the current state of global urban remote sensing and future directions. It explores groundbreaking work in urban remote sensing and examines how it could contribute to the development of innovative concepts and techniques for sustainable urban development.

Despite significant progress in recent years, there remain substantial gaps in ongoing national, regional, and global efforts to address environmental challenges. Edited by a well-known expert in the field of remote sensing, GIS, and other geospatial technologies, this book addresses the gaps in an effective and long-term manner, highlighting the importance of increased coordination and networking among major stakeholders and of working together with other key international mechanisms. Drawing on the expertise of pioneers in the field from across the globe, the book details emerging research in the theory, methods, and techniques of urban remote sensing that provide insight into how to solve the major issues of sustainable development—one of the most important issues facing society in the future.